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I guess it was indeed meant to tempt twenty-somethings into taking the Queen's shilling. They also run YT channel called "Two Six TV".
It can be confusing to an 'outsider'. A call is the instrument, a pipe is the tune played and / or the accompanying verbal order.
The "Call the hands" pipe in the video (also known as "Lash up and stow" was pretty poorly performed. Here's a Sea Cadet piping team doing a proper job; the "Lash up and stow" is at 3:25 -
Sea Cadets piping in competition
Disclosure: I instructed and judged Sea Cadet piping teams and individuals in a previous life.
"It is vain to do with more that which can be done with less" - William of Ockham
"A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in" - Frederick the Great
Interesting Peter. You all have interesting journeys.
I play several other instruments including bouzouki which brought me to Irish sessions. It was in these session that I found myself just loving the fiddles and what they could do. Before too long I had a violin, then two violins, then three. Still couldn't play one though. I kept at it until I could sort of play. Never in a milliopn years had I considered classical music until it was required in my lessons. I have begun to develop a love for it now. At least some of it.
Anyways here is a short video of me playing in such a session. I enjoy it but haven't had the time to do it lately. This video is probably at least a month old.
Scrap lol. I liked Wonder Woman. I wonder where that woman is now?
Thanks Mark and GregW.
In looking at that video I must say. Don't do what I was doing. If my teacher had been there, she would have said
-Move the violin more up on your shoulder.
- Thumb and hand is in the wrong place entirely
-Fingers are coming too high off the fingerboard
None of that matters in a session and for some reason I revert to stupid...the empty beer glasses are not mine BTW I won't say I wasn't tempted because I like a cold one, but beginner violin and beer don't mix very well for me.
I was in the 4th grade. Wonder Woman was popular. The Orchestra teacher looked like Wonder Woman.
Sounds like someone had a crush on their Wonder Woman orchestra teacher. 😁
I played until I moved after the ninth grade, I absolutely did. I prefer original Wonder Woman if anyone is asking. Not a huge fan of the new one. Lynda Carter.....
Going through Bach in sixth grade music when the music teacher brought her violin with her and played it. Fell in love with violin immediately. Had to switch schools after sixth grade, no more music classes. My mom got me a violin when I was 13, was supposed to start lessons, but my dad wasn't too happy about it as far as cost was concerned, and there were a few other issues so I never got started. Until a few years ago that is (still no lessons though).
It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach
Thanks AnnyJ from one Georgian to another
....I didn't originally fancy putting up the vid but I was attempting to describe a session and I figured lots of people might not know what that is. A picture is worth 1000 words.....so.
It is interesting to hear all of the ways people have gotten an interest to learn to play. It's like when the violin bug bites that interest generally stays with a person.
This is such a great thread, lay on the hands - it's resurrection time!
The Fiddle works in mysterious ways...
For me, I always loved music - had some playing on tape, radio or CD everyday!
After our Daughter was on her own I tried to teach myself guitar and then Ukulele, but got discouraged. Then, somewhere within ensuing years of family emergencies, personal losses and my own health problems, I lost complete interest in music. Luckily, opioids became big news and Doctors were forced to reconsider pain management, but the price was a full year of the worst pain I could imagine - just to be free of prescribed medications.
When that was all over, I was still left with some pain to manage & health problems, but I wanted to listen to music again! ...weird thing is I started noticing how much I specifically liked the violin/fiddle in the music I enjoyed listening to - even on TV, in film, then YouTube music videos!
Then I saw there were video TUTORIALS!
Thought - maybe I can do this! 🤗
Found the Fiddlershop, the Game of Thrones GP and the Fiddlerman forum... that was almost 3 years ago - the rest is GREAT history!
I have posted videos of myself in Parties, Shared & Critique threads - playing music that led me to my 5-string Fiddle. I still have a few more to record that were also an important influence - but they'll be played on my 3 month old, 5-string VIOLA. 🥰
Did you ever learn the "Waiting For the Federals/Elzic's Farewell/Rakish Paddy Set" (OP) that inspired you to pick up the fiddle?
Ive always, always had a "thing" for electric guitar. I even had to build my own 'cause I couldn't afford one when I was a youngun.
Classical music has always been cool for me but I could never admit that in High School, just wasn't "cool", ya know? I would watch PBS when they had Itzhak on even though it took me a while to figure out just how good he was. As I play today, I now can understand just how good he was and is.
Still, I enjoyed watching Hee Haw and marveled at Roy Clark. Wasn't he something?
See? There was always a guitar or violin in my life.
I applied at a music school in NYC some years back and was told very politely that perhaps "guitar would be more suited to Berkeley than here. Perhaps if you were to take up violin or piano, it might suit your studies here a bit better."
So, I started with violin and here I am, even after learning the ins and outs of composition, classical and baroque mostly.
I'm still a learnin' and a growin'
When I was about 9-10 I had the chance to learn the violin and I thought wow that’s so exciting. Unfortunately there wore only three violins and I think there were 4 of us who wanted to learn. The teacher made us sing a note and I was the worst so that was the end of that. All I did since then was learn to play a few things on the recorder like puff the magic dragon. Anyway I then went dormant and forgot all about it then a couple of years ago was watching you tube saw a few violin performances and came across Alison Sparrow’s course so started watching that. Then found a violin on eBay and started to learn to read music and play . Not sure what really motivated me I just thought the violin was a really exciting instrument.
For me getting into playing a violin was the odd way around from anything even approaching normal. I have never in my life wanted to play a musical instrument. Not ever. And yet here I am.
The how and why of this is that I write fiction in my spare time. To do that I research various subjects which go on to form the plot in my books. I've done research on all kinds of things from Voodoo, to the old forest service fire lookout towers, to historical pirates like Jean Lafitte and more. My latest book is about a concert violinist so, of course, I had to do a lot of research on how to play, musical terms, history, flash mobs, and all kinds of stuff like that. Throw in some obscure Old Testament stuff, craft a complete lie as if it's a proven fact, throw it all into a word processing blender, work like a dog for several months, and 95,000 words later I get a book.
In the course of doing all that research and writing I watched a lot of violin videos on youboob and some of the music in them stuck in my head. Playing seemed simple to do. There was a lot of coordination of various moving anatomical parts, and of course a violin, but the biggest question was; would I be able to hear the correct sounds and make them come out of the violin.
So I did what I always do... research. As everyone probably already knows, I have tremors. On top of that I'm stiff jointed. I can't do what other people do easily when it comes to range of motion or flexibility and the tremors add a new wrinkle in the deal. So I cut a piece of lumber to the dimensions of a fingerboard and length of a violin. After shaping and sanding I drew strings lines on it. Then I started watching videos on how to read music and began to finger the notes on my stick. I learned a lot, mostly that my stiff joints would require some creative thinking to get beyond their limitations, and ordered my violin from Fiddlershop.
It's been 6 months since I got my hands on my first ever violin and I have to honestly say that it's been enlightening and as personally pleasing anything I've ever done in my lifetime. How long I'll continue to play is anyone's guess but, for now, it's engrossing and enjoyable. Which is enough I think.
Let us play on.